Party City partners up with Amazon in pilot program

Party City is teaming up with Amazon to sell an assortment of products, and a prime focus on Halloween items. The effort is a pilot program, according to a CNBC report, and it could be expanded next year. The goal,...

Amazon, Whole Foods expand grocery pickup at the curb

Amazon is launching curbside grocery pickup at its Whole Foods Market locations in Sacramento and Virgiinia Beach. The two cities are just the start of a national rollout this year, according to a press release. Amazon Prime members can shop...

Going to the mall? Prime parking may cost you

One of the most irritating aspects of shopping at the mall may soon be eliminated, but there will be a price to pay. Malls and outlet centers are partnering with the MyPark app that lets user reserve best parking spots...

Standard Cognition raises $11.2M to develop autonomous checkout

Standard Cognition, developer of an autonomous checkout system for retailers, has raised an additional $5.5 million in seed funding from CRV, bringing the company's total funding raised to date to $11.2 million. The company will use the funding to accelerate...

Gap expanding physidigital strategy across Old Navy stores

Old Navy stores across the U.S. are now reflecting parent company Gap's customer experience strategy to blend the physical with the digital. Customers can now checkout anywhere in a store, via mobile devices, and buy online and pick up at...

Kroger to tap driverless cars for delivery needs

In the latest retail delivery news supermarket giant Kroger is reportedly mulling using driverless cars to its grocery delivery. It is teaming up with Nuro, an autonomous car player, to launch the fleet, according to a CNBC report. The news...

Walmart debuts 3D virtual shopping tour, ‘buy the room’ features

Walmart is launching two new ways for customers to shop, discover and be inspired by its home décor offerings. One is a 3D virtual shopping tour and the second is a feature called "buy the room," which allows shoppers to...

Content Analytics, 1WorldSync join forces to optimize retail sales, conversion

Content Analytics and 1WorldSync are partnering to meld their respective technology so that customers get a wider range of analytics and product content options. 1WorldSync customers have access to new capabilities including content health measurement, out of stock alerting, search...

In-store digital coupon clipping on the rise

While nearly 25 percent of retail shoppers don't even know a store offers digital coupons the act of in-store digital coupon clipping is on the rise. New Inmar Analytics research also reveals more digital coupons are being acquired during a...

CVS Health expanding delivery service

CVS Health will offer nationwide prescription delivery, as well as one and two-day home delivery for some specific items for a cost of $4.99. The expanding options, according to a New York Post report, will bring a higher-fee in some...

Amazon creates a special Alexa for the hospitality industry

There is now a special Amazon Alexa coming to hotels and motels that will help guests order anything from food to more towels and even make dining reservations. The hospitality-focused Amazon Echo, according to a New York Post report, will...

Under Armour taps flexReceipts to boost customer engagement after the sale

Global athletic performance retailer Under Armour is deploying flexReceipts across its locations in North America to boost the post-sale engagement opportunity. The technology will deliver content and product suggestions customized to each customer, according to a press release. The flexReceipts...

AI in the mainstream but consumers demanding transparency

Two out of three Americans are somewhat familiar with artificial intelligence with 32 percent feeling positive toward the technology but a good majority, 81 percent, expect companies to be transparent on how they're using it. Those findings, from Rich Relevance’s...

Amazon expands Prime benefit at 10 more Whole Foods locations

Amazon Prime members across 10 more states now have access to exclusive Whole Foods Market discounts and offers. Amazon is expanding the Prime benefits to stores in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington, according...

Microsoft building cashierless check-out tech

Microsoft is reportedly aiming to take on Amazon when it comes to cashierless retail by developing its own platform and in talks with Walmart on the initiative. The news, according to a Reuters report, comes within months of Amazon opening...

Club Monaco going pop-up in a big way

The Ralph Lauren brand Club Monaco is going pop up in a big way, with three events at its New York city flagship store since late 2017. The pop-up events, according to a Digiday report, are open for several months...

Voice assistants will dominate consumer interaction, claims report

A Capgemeni report predicts conversational commerce via voice assistant tech will gain big ground and become a dominant interaction technology over the next three years. The report, "Conversational Commerce: Why Consumers Are Embracing Voice Assistants in Their Lives," polled more...

Consumers embracing AR, online shopping

When it comes to e-commerce activity 10 percent of online shoppers have tried AR technology , according to a shopping and technology trends survey conducted by Adtaxi. The study also revealed 67 percent of online shoppers are ready to shop...

Walmart testing new check-out service

Walmart is piloting a new "Check Out With Me" service in lawn and garden centers at more than 350 store locations nationwide. The service, according to a press release, is aimed at helping customers save time by having associates use...

Kroger gets into meal kit business with Home Chef acquisition

Kroger isn't about to sit idle as meal kit services expand and is spending about $700 million for Home Chef to make sure it's in the game. Kroger is buying the Chicago company with an initial $200 million and $500 million in "earnout" payments, according to a USA Today report. Home Chef is the biggest private meal kit player in the country.

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